The University of Potsdam was founded in 1991 and has developed from a small institution of higher education into one of the leading middle sized universities in Germany combining its own research capacities with non-university research institutes in the proximity. Five faculties form the pillars of the institution (incl. Law Faculty). Internationalization is a central priority and the international character of the University is underlined by the presence of a growing number of foreign students and guest professors. International cooperation has been carried out with most European countries and will expand to defined priority regions, among them being Belarus, Ukraine, Russia and Latin America. Currently, the university holds about 320 contracts under the ERASMUS Lifelong Learning Programme, more than 40 university partnerships and 10 faculty partnerships. The Law Faculty possesses experienced staff in the field of criminal law and criminal procedure (incl. restorative justice). Professors have longstanding contacts with colleagues from Eastern European universities, they take part in the common conferences, organise joint summer schools as well as lectures.